Monthly Archives: April 2014

Ten Words #1: God Doesn’t Have An Identity Crisis

The first word: “I am God, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of a life of slavery. No other gods, only me” (The Message, Exodus 20:1-3).  [This is Week 2 of the Ten Words series. To read the intro, … Continue reading

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Eddie Byun’s Justice Awakening: End Human Trafficking… Now (Book Review)

In Justice Awakening, I read the story of South Korea’s Onnuri Community Church in Seoul, who recognized that to bear the image of God, they had to pursue mishpat or dikaisoyne (justice), that singing “This Is My Father’s World” wasn’t … Continue reading

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David Baldacci’s The Target: Face Your Demons (Book Review)

The latest thriller by David Baldacci doesn’t just follow our heroes, Will Robie and Jessica Reel, and their enemy. No, this series of parallel tales tells at least four stories that could stand on their own, intermingling and twisting together and apart … Continue reading

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Get Church Right: Important Punctuation (A Mustard Seed Musing)

Easter is in the bag. Actually, it’s been a week. We’ve put away the Easter hymns, lilies (achoo!), and settled into the “normal life” of the church. Sure, we’ll celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, but we lack the impetus … Continue reading

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Walking With The Enemy: Sheep In Wolf’s Clothing (Movie Review)

Walking with the Enemy is for fans of World War II movies that document the ways that people fought the annihilation of the Jews or used individuals inside of the Nazi war machine. It follows in the historical tradition of films … Continue reading

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What I’ve Been Reading 4/24/14 (Book Review)

The book stack exceeded my reading ability during Lent and Holy Week, but now that things have slowed down (hah!) the books began calling to me again. Here’s what I’ve tackled lately. Jeff Vandermeer, Annihilation. Vandermeer’s initial foray in the … Continue reading

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Fight Church: Christian Fight Club? (Movie Review)

Director Bryan Storkel, the man behind Strictly Background and Holy Rollers, delivers another rocking documentary, this time exploring the world of Christians promoting MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and using it as a vehicle for personal and community transformation. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, … Continue reading

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Ten Words Intro: From Slavery To Freedom (Sunday’s Sermon Today)

Have you ever been stuck? I remember some of my more sticky situations. Once, I was driving an older car that I didn’t know very well. I’d never really had any trouble with it, but it was hand-me-down. It was … Continue reading

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#GetChurchRight: Easter Monday AKA Live Like You Mean It (A Mustard Seed Musing)

Another Easter is in the books. Call it a wrap. We woke early, we ate well, we sang hymns we don’t sing nearly often enough, and we welcomed in the C & E crowd (Christmas and Easter for the uninitiated). … Continue reading

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Easter Sermon: Can You See? (Luke 24:13-35)

The beauty of today is this: Jesus rose from the dead, three days after he was crucified, nailed to a tree. But not everyone can see the beauty. Not everyone “gets” it. Take these two men from our scripture today, … Continue reading

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